The piece of May is a painting by Pep Rotger Seguí featuring the different parts of a Goodyear welted shoe in a highly visual manner. This painting dates from the early 1990s and has now been donated to the Museum by the author. Shoemaker Pep Rotger Seguí is specialised in lasts and created the piece – along with other similar ones – while working at the former Yanko shoe factory. His works were displayed in stores (particularly in Japan, where Goodyear welted footwear sold very well) for clients to better understand the manufacturing process of the shoes they were buying.
Goodyear welted shoes have been described by Pep Rotger as “the Ferrari of shoes”. They were invented in the United Kingdom in 1872 by Charles Goodyear and feature a double stitch through the insole to the welt as well as a second outer stitch through the welt to the sole. Goodyear welted shoes are of topmost quality, very comfortable to wear and highly resilient. They have been – and still are – one of the most produced shoes across the Raiguer region.
The work features the different parts of the English Vega shoes (the most representative model manufactured with the Goodyear welting method): the last on paper, the final shoe in halves, cuts of leather, the leather midsole, the lining, the insole, the stiffener, the welt, sewing thread, the sole, the seams and the heel. The large number of parts contained in Goodyear welted shoes reflects the complexity of this kind of footwear as well as the many different operations required for manufacture.